Single currency crisis averted
John Lichfield has been The Independent's man in Paris since 1997, covering French news. Before that, he was the paper's Foreign Editor and he has also worked in Brussels and Washington. In 1999, he was the UK press Awards Foreign Reporter of the year.
Friday 13 June 1997
The French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, said "progress" had been made in answering his government's demand for a greater EU emphasis on common policies to promote growth and jobs. In a 50-minute meeting with Mr Jospin, Mr Santer discussed the draft text of a resolution on common economic policy-making which will be put to EU heads of government at their summit in Amsterdam next Monday and Tuesday. After the meeting, Mr Santer said he believed that "all the elements are now on the table" to allow the new French government to sign a pact committing countries which join the single currency in 1999 to strict budgetary discipline.
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